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Dear Jane: What Apps Do You Need For Each Device?

BY Dear Jane, FEBRUARY 17, 2011 | PERMALINK

http://www.kobobooks.com/smartphonesWelcome to Dear Jane, a weekly column based upon reader mailbag questions on anything relating to e-books. No question is too simple or too mundane. We are all learning together. Send your questions to Jane@DearAuthor.com with "Dear Jane" in the subject matter.

Dear Jane: I was wondering if it would be possible for you to do a write up about what devices can download from each of these companies and what apps you would need to use. I know that on the Borders site they ask you to download the free Borders eBook app but I'm not sure if that is for a laptop, iPad, Kindle, etc. Same with Amazon and B&N. - M

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Dear M: If you are reading on a dedicated e-book reader like the Kindle, nook, Sony, or Kobo, these devices do not any apps to be downloaded in order to read an e-book. In fact, these devices won't allow you to add new apps.* For a laptop or desktop, you have the following choices. I am just listing the programs with my recommendations. Over the next few weeks, I will do a mini rundown of each set of programs as it is too much for one post.


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Get Hot For The Holiday!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

Get hot hot hot for Valentine's Day with the new erotica novella from Cindy Spencer Pape. On this day for romance, chocolate and big gestures, treat yourself — or someone you love — to this steamy new tale. 

Valentine's Heart features strangers Val and Cora, who are reluctantly brought together by a dating service that neither of them signs up for. But their unlikely beginning doesn't slow down this pair that is indeed perfectly matched. Val and Cora create sparks when they do meet and they quickly head off to an exotic, erotic vacation full of sensual pleasures.

This novella is sure to get you in the mood for love. Readers will enjoy the kink-quotient which includes sexy toys and more!

Read the *Web Exclusive Review* >>


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Keeping The Love Alive Beyond The First Book

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 11, 2011 | PERMALINK

So you've published your first book in a new series and things seem to be going well but, how do you avoid the dreaded "series second slump"? There's nothing worse than losing fans because after an explosive first book the second book in your series only fizzles. So we tracked down an author whose series second is a success. Romantic Suspense author Marie Force made a splash on the e-scene with Fatal Affair back in June and wowed fans again in January with her equally excellent Fatal Justice. Now the author shares her secrets to keeping readers in love with her series!


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Dear Jane: Ten Tips For New E-Book Readers

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 27, 2011 | PERMALINK

Welcome to Dear Jane, a weekly column based upon reader mailbag questions on anything relating to e-books. No question is too simple or too mundane. We are all learning together. Send your questions Jane@DearAuthor.com with "Dear Jane" in the subject matter.

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Hi Jane, I'd like to talk some basic care and keeping of my new e-reader. What are the essentials for keeping my brand new reader alive and working well?

- Rhyan

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Be A Part Of The Novel: Live - UPDATED!

BY Whitney Sullivan, JANUARY 27, 2011 | PERMALINK

The sensational folks behind The Novel: Live (thirty six authors, six days, one co-written novel) are offering us the chance to get involved — again.

Back in October thirty six authors — including such big names as Julia Quinn, Elizabeth George, Deb Caletti and Susan Wiggs — worked together to create a single novel. They did this over the course of six days, writing in front of an audience and taking their suggestions, to raise money for literacy. Amazing, right? That line-up impressive as someone who doesn't even like speaking in public I can't imagine being able to put together an entire story in front of an audience!

The resulting novel from this charity event will be e-published by Open Road Media this May. And I am positively rabid to get my hands on this story, I mean, look at the authors involved. But before the book can hit digital bookshelves, these authors need our help with one more thing ... naming the book.


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Three Ladies Who Love A Good Steam

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 26, 2011 | PERMALINK

Reading romance is all about getting a glimpse into exciting times and new worlds and there is nothing more adventurous than the re-imagined Victorian-era tales of Steampunk fiction. To keep up with the new sub-genre, RT's Morgan interviewed Mari Fee, Sahara Kelly and Tilda Booth, authors who have Steampunk e-novellas from Samahin Publishing's Silk, Steel and Steam series. 

Morgan Doremus: Steampunk is still a relatively new sub-genre in the paranormal/fantasy category. Can each of you define what you see Steampunk as and how your story fits into the genre?


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Digital Lending On Your Kindle Or Nook

BY Dear Jane, JANUARY 21, 2011 | PERMALINK

Welcome to Dear Jane, a weekly column based upon reader mailbag questions on anything relating to e-books. No question is too simple or too mundane. We are all learning together. Send your questions Jane@DearAuthor.com with "Dear Jane" in the subject matter.

Dear Jane: I must admit that I'm a little bit befuddled when it comes to the new lending policies that are available on e-readers. Can you tell me what I should know about them? - W.

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Dear W:

On the Kindle 14 day lending period. The recipient has 7 days to accept the borrowed book and the 14 day lending period begins upon the acceptance. You can lend a book only once.

On the nook 14 day lending period. Lendee has one week to "open" or acknowledge receipt. Once opened, the 14 day clock for lending begins. More here from commenter Joy.

The problem is that few books are lendable. Of my 400+ Kindle books, only a handful are lendable. I hope this changes over time. The lending feature is so restrictive that I can't see it accounting for a lost sale and by offering lending, you are making a digital book have more value.


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Keeping In The Holiday Spirit: A Midwinter Fantasy

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

With blizzards hitting all over the country, it is nice to escape from the cold curled up with a good book. This season, we recommend the paranormal anthology A Midwinter Fantasy to transport yourself to wonderful faraway lands. RT's Web Editor Morgan Doremus shares an in-depth author interview with the anthology's authors, Leanna Renee Hieber, L.J. McDonald and Helen Scott Taylor about what you can expect inside their three new novellas!

Morgan Doremus: Can each of you describe the paranormal creatures/characters in each of your stories and make the argument for why your paranormal characters are superior? 


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How To Load Books Onto Your iDevice

BY Dear Jane, JANUARY 10, 2011 | PERMALINK

Welcome to Dear Jane, a weekly column based upon reader mailbag questions on anything relating to e-books. No question is too simple or too mundane. We are all learning together. Send your questions Jane@DearAuthor.com with "Dear Jane" in the subject matter.

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Dear Jane: I just got an iPad for Christmas, but have never worked anything like this device before! I am excited to read books on the iPad, but am totally confused about how to go about it. Help!

-M.

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Dear M: Not to worry adding books to the iPad, iPhone or iTouch (hereinafter collectively referred to as iThing) is quick and easy to do using a process called sideloading. In order to do this, you must use iTunes. Here is how it is done:


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E-Reader Refresher

BY Dear Jane, JANUARY 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

Welcome to Dear Jane, a weekly column based upon reader mailbag questions on anything relating to e-books. No question is too simple or too mundane. We are all learning together. Send your questions Jane@DearAuthor.com with "Dear Jane" in the subject matter.

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I spent the last week fielding questions from my family members about how to use their new devices. I thought that there might be several people out there who previously were uninterested in ereading posts that might need a refresher course. The instructions below are for Mac users, however, Kindles and nooks are also PC-compatible.


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